Heading to the South Island offers cruising in New Zealand’s most spectacular and remote region.
The Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds sit at the northern most part of South Island. The Sounds is an extensive region of inlets and bays with golden sandy beaches amongst forest and national parks, much of which is inaccessible by road. It would be possible to lose a couple of weeks cruising the Sounds without anchoring in the same bay twice. Countless tracks for hikers and mountain bikers thread through the forests and parks with campsites, homestays and luxury lodges. Home to one of New Zealand’s most prolific wine regions, the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has become world famous.
Further south on the West Coast lies Fiordland where you can see the magnificent Middle Earth views of the southern mountains and valleys, finally descending into what Rudyard Kipling described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Park and one of the most spectacular and remote places in the world . Anchor overnight on board at the foot of towering cliffs and waterfalls.
Close to New Zealand’s adventure capital – Queenstown, helicopter transfers can fly you into this unique alpine village where adventure tourism is at its best… home of bungy jumping, the 134m Nevis Bungy sits spectacularly above the Nevis River, Paraglide, Luge – it’s all there. On top of that… another wine region – Central Otago which is famous for its Pinot Noir wines. Sitting in the middle of the Southern Alps, the ski fields are only a short drive away – and whether you’re there in the summer or winter, Queenstown is a hive of activity.